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Court rejects Munir El-Haddadi’s appeal to play for Morocco

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The Court of Arbitration For Sport (CAS) has rejected and the Moroccan Football Federation’s appeal against FIFA’s ruling, denying the player the chance to join the Atlas Lions squad in the World Cup. 

El-Haddadi along with the Moroccan Football Federation filed an appeal to the CAS hoping the player would switch national allegiances from Spain and join Morocco’s troops prior to the World Cup.

However, FIFA and the Spanish Football Federation won the case, as the request of the former Barcelona forward has been denied by the CAS Panel after a hearing in Lausanne.

The 22-year-old has only featured once for the Spanish national team back in 2014 when he was part of Barcelona’s squad. In the past two seasons, El-Haddadi has been loaned to Valencia and Deportivo Alavés.

The player has been directly involved in 20 goals in all competitions for Alavés this season better than any Moroccan striker.

London School for Journalism student. KingFut community manager, Saba7o Korah editorial team, Writing for Football Italia and I have featured for FourFourTwo, These Football Times and The Gentleman Ultra.

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  1. Mo

    May 15, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Good! He’s Spanish, Morocco and Algeria along with some west african countries need to focus on their acadimies and create their own talent instead of waiting to see who doesnt make it in france, spain, and holland national team and taking them. Its better than depending players that have never been to the country even and expecting them to care about the national team. We have the same with sam morsy and amro tarek but those are bench players and only 2 not half the team and all the stars

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